Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Brave Girls Want to Take Back the Media

The BGA has kicked off a revolutionary campaign, to promote what #BraveGirlsWant in the heart of New York City: Times Square. Through a crowdsourced fundraising campaign, the BGA has been able to raise enough money from supporters around the world to rent a billboard in Times Square, which will broadcast messages about what #BraveGirlsWant from the girls themselves, and those who care about them.

October 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

What harm can media do?

Looking at our Brave Girls Want campaign, which calls for less gender stereotyped media and marketing to children, you may be wondering what harm it can do for kids to … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Girls are More than That: Media and Gender Stereotypes

Brave Girls Want is an alliance of parents, experts, advocates and small business owners who believe that girls deserve to have healthy media options. We’re asking media makers and corporations … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 3 Comments

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: Let’s Make a Change!

In this series, Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars, we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: Do Toys Really Matter?

Children are buying into the stereotypes that I mentioned in my previous post in this series. And their accepting the message that certain products, interests, and activities are gender specific. … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nature vs Nurture in the Toys Wars: Media Messages about Boys and Girls

There are very clear lines drawn in advertisements directed to children between what toys are “for” boys or girls. Packed into these advertisements are consistent messages about behaviors, interests, and … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nature vs Nurture in the Toy Wars: What’s sex got to do with it?

Brave Girls Want has launched a campaign for Lego to make more female mini figures. I’ve heard an interesting argument coming from those who do not believe there is anything … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 9 Comments
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